VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - August 25, 2008
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Binghamton vs. Rutgers
Friday, August 29, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Binghmaton vs. Akron
Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 1 p.m.
Binghamton at Northern Arizona
Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 10 p.m.
to open at Northern Arizona Tournament
Binghamton will begin its 2008 season by traveling west to take
on Big East-member Rutgers at the Northern Arizona Tournament
on Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The following day will
feature two contests for the Bearcats, the first versus Akron
and the nightcap against tournament-host Northern Arizona. Rutgers
is coming off a 3-22 year and the match with Binghamton will
be the debut of new Rutgers head coach CJ Werneke. This will
be the second meeting between the Bearcats and the Scarlet Knights.
Binghamton won their first meeting, 3-1 at the Harvard Invitational
Ashley Allen and Jaclyn Strader named 2008 captains
Head Coach Glenn Kiriyama has announced that outside hitter Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.)
and libero Jaclyn
Ohio) will serve as team captains for the 2008 Bearcats. Allen
is a three-year starter for the Bearcats and is coming off her
best year yet, after leading the team in total kills (315) last
year. Strader has led the Bearcats in digs every year since her
arrival in 2005 and is only five shy of the school record in
total digs, held by Ashley Meffert (1,266). Strader set BUs
single season record last season with 4.58 digs per game.
return two all-rookie selections to lineup
(Orland Hills, Ill.) and Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis.) were both named
to the America East All-Rookie team in 2007 and will both return
to the Bearcats starting lineup this season. McDonough is an
outside hitter who led the squad in kills per game (2.66) in
her freshman season. McDonough was also third on the team in
digs per game (2.83). Mueller is the Bearcats other standout
sophomore and will return to her starting setter spot. As a freshman,
she dished out 10.13 assists per game and was second on the team
in digs per game with a 3.40 average.
and terminology changes for upcoming volleyball season
The NCAA has announced that the term game will be
replaced by set. Also, the number of points required
to win sets one through four are now 25. The fifth set will still
be played to 15. Previously, sets were played to 30.
picked to finish fourth in preseason poll
Binghamton has been picked to finish fourth in the 2008 AE preseason
poll. The leagues seven head coaches are the poll voters. Albany
was selected as the preseason favorite followed by New Hampshire,
UMBC and then Binghamton. If the Bearcats do finish fourth or
better it will be their fifth straight season of qualifying for
the America East Championships.
The Bearcats return four starters and a libero from last seasons
16-18 squad that finished fourth in the America East...Junior
middle blocker Dawn
(Sussex, Wis.) is the conferences top returning blocker (1.26/g)
and will be looking to become the seventh Bearcat in seven years
to lead the America East in block per game...Anne Crocus held
the banner from 2002-04 and recent graduate Jacki Kane led the
AE from 2005-07...Kane finished her 2007 campaign ranked 14th
in the nation at 1.55 blocks per game...Binghamton lead the AE
in team blocks per game last year with 3.00/g...Strader currently
has 1,261 career digs, five shy of BU record...The Bearcats received
four weekly honors from the conference in 2007. Kane was named
Player of the Week (Oct. 1), Mueller was named Setter of the
Week (Sept. 10) and Rookie of the Week (Oct. 22) and McDonough
was named Rookie of the Week (Oct. 29).